Fake prophets un­der fire:

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Brian Chitemba

A GROUP of youth­ful bogus prophets has come un­der fire for mas­querad­ing as men of God while reap­ing off un­sus­pect­ing con­gre­gants.

The fake pas­tors al­legedly stage man­age prophe­cies and fake mir­a­cles as a stunt to at­tract peo­ple to their churches.

One such preacher is South African based self-styled prophet, Alph Lukau, who caused a stir af­ter a video in which he was claim­ing that Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Constantino Chi­wenga was go­ing to face com­pli­cated health prob­lems went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

The VP re­turned home a few days later in his usual chatty and jovial self.

VP Chi­wenga went on to host a church gath­er­ing at his Hwedza home last week­end and told the bogus prophets to stop the un­be­com­ing be­hav­iour.

The Zanu PF youth league has also come out guns blaz­ing against preach­ers such as Lukau. Prophet Lukau, a Con­golese na­tional who runs Al­leluia Min­istries In­ter­na­tional in South Africa, al­legedly made the prophecy to at­tract at­ten­tion and boost num­bers at his church.

Al­le­ga­tions for stage man­aged prophe­cies and mir­a­cles have been made against Prophet Lukau.

In 2011, an un­em­ployed South African woman, Tr­ish Hosia of Berea, took Lukau to court af­ter he made her pay R120 000 of her sav­ings as first fruits, promis­ing her a hun­dred–fold bless­ing in re­turn.

Noth­ing ma­te­ri­alised and Hosia got frus­trated by the fake prom­ise. She de­manded her dues back but Prophet Lukau would not budge. He al­legedly hired thugs to ha­rass Hosia.

Prophet Lukau was not avail­able for com­ment last week. On the lo­cal scene, Tal­ent Muzuva was de­scribed by VP Chi­wenga as a fake prophet who is bent on crit­i­cis­ing his el­ders us­ing God’s name.

Muzuva has made a num­ber of false prophe­cies re­gard­ing sev­eral lo­cal lead­ers.

VP Chi­wenga was quoted in our sis­ter pa­per, The Herald, as say­ing: “There are oth­ers who are now call­ing them­selves prophets,” said VP Chi­wenga. “Aripo uyo anonzi ani, (there is some­one called) Tal­ent (Muzuva).

“That should come to an end to­day. Zvatop­er­era pano (It stops now). We don’t have that cul­ture where one moves around at­tack­ing lead­ers un­der the guise of preach­ing the word of God. God does not say move around at­tack­ing other peo­ple.”

Me­dia, In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Deputy Min­is­ter En­ergy Mu­todi re­cently said while Govern­ment re­spects the right to free­dom of ex­pres­sion as en­shrined in Sec­tion 61 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, in­di­vid­u­als should also re­spect other peo­ple’s rights.

“There is free­dom of wor­ship and free­dom of as­so­ci­a­tion. How­ever, one needs not in­fringe into other peo­ple’s rights and lib­er­ties when ex­er­cis­ing his or her own right,” the deputy min­is­ter was quoted in a lo­cal daily. If you are preach­ing to your church and you are a pas­tor or re­li­gious leader, you cer­tainly do not want to call names of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and den­i­grate them as if you were a leader of a ri­val po­lit­i­cal party. That is wrong.”

The Con­sti­tu­tion clearly spells out that ev­ery Zim­bab­wean has in­her­ent dig­nity in their pri­vate or pub­lic life, and the right to have that dig­nity re­spected and pro­tected.

In Sec­tion 57 (e), the Con­sti­tu­tion gives cit­i­zens the right to pri­vacy and for­bids any­one from dis­clos­ing an­other per­son’s health con­di­tion.

Prophet Lukau

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